Nova Cymru

Biennial Arts Prize

Entry fee  £10 – Deadline 18 September 2017

 

Nova aims to support and promote excellence in emerging Welsh art through offering artists under the ages of 35 the chance to have their work seen by a panel of high profile selectors, alongside being selected to exhibit their work, at the RCA, Conwy, as part of the inaugural Nova exhibition in November 2017. Alongside inclusion as part of the Nova exhibition, there are a range of prizes and bursaries for exhibitors to win.

 

To apply and for more information click on –Nova.cymru

Oriel Davies Writing competition

 

Oriel Davies is inviting submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of Water.

The competition is open to anyone and those wishing to submit more than one piece in either category are more than welcome.

Categories:
Poetry (50 lines max)              Prose (1000 words max)                       

Theme:   Water

Fee:
£3 per submission

Closing Date:
04 November 2017

Judges:
Chris Kinsey, celebrated nature poet
Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales

Prizes:
A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop (1 for best poem and 1 for best prose)

The winning entries will feature on the Oriel Davies website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings.

Info and submission details: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/news/articles/oriel-davies-open-writing-competition-2017

 

 

 

Oriel Davies

Open Writing Competition

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Oriel Davies is inviting submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of Water. The competition is open to anyone and those wishing to submit more than one piece in either category are more than welcome. 

Categories: 
Poetry (50 lines max) 
Prose (1000 words max) 

Theme: Water 

Fee: £3 per submission

Closing Date: 04 November 2017 

Judges: 
Chris Kinsey, celebrated nature poet 
Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales 

Prizes: 
A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop (1 for best poem and 1 for best prose) 

The winning entries will feature on the Oriel Davies website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings. 

Info and submission details: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/news/articles/oriel-davies-open-writing-competition-2017 

Creative Future Literary Awards

 

 

The 2017 Creative Future Literary Awards are now OPEN for submissions!

creative futuresFounded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £1000 of cash prizes & professional writing development support. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts.

Submit poetry and flash fiction for the chance to win one of twelve prizes totaling over £10,000.

Open to: Poetry (200 words) and flash fiction (300 words) on the theme of ‘Important Nothings’ – a Jane Austen quote to celebrate her 200th anniversary this year.

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: Over £10,000 worth of cash and writer development prizes including mentoring via The Literary Consultancy, plus courses from Penguin Random Writers’ Academy and The Poetry School. Winners will also be published in an anthology alongside guest authors Lemn Sissay and Kit de Waal.

Closing date: 26 June 2017

Enter: Online here, in person or by post.

 

Click here to enter before the closing date of 26 June 2017.

Magma Poetry

Magma 69

magmaIt is with enormous pleasure that Magma is opening submissions for the d/Deaf Issue, Magma 69 supported using public funding by Arts Council England for which we are very grateful. It is a topic close to my heart – or ear – as I am medically deaf in my left ear through childhood mumps. My co-editor, Raymond Antrobus is deaf/Deaf from birth and a former pupil of a deaf school in North London. We are very excited to be dedicating this issue to poetry which explores how we hear and what we choose to hear within a society which is culturally disposed to listening only by hearing with its ears/or more recently in a Trumpian Twittersphere by shutting them. How do we hear? What do we choose to hear? What are we deaf to?
 
We are looking for poetry that promotes understanding of how people with varying hearing abilities interpret sound and how D/deafness could be channelled into poetry. As well as voices from people experiencing D/deafness and those from D/deaf communities, we want to hear poetry that approaches this topic in ways that make us rethink our relationship with sound and language, poetry that promotes new understandings; that rocks the cultural status quo of the hearing and d/Deaf world. Poems that break down prejudices. If you are a CODA (Child Of Deaf Adult), or have/had a d/Deaf relative, perhaps you have a story too.
 
If you are a d/Deaf poet who signs poems in British Sign Language or Sign Assisted English, then please submit with a link to your video as we will be posting poems on the Magma website. If you are deaf, hearing or hard of hearing, please submit your best poems on deafness from any angle. We rule nothing out, except cliché, poor jokes and poor-little-me poems. Invoking sympathy / victimhood / fetishising silence is not the aim; stimulating debate, surprise and the exchange of ideas is what will make the d/Deaf Issue amazing and talked about long after the noise has faded.
 
Feel free to submit up to four poems on theme for ‘The Deaf Issue’.  Off-theme poems can also be submitted.

For further details please go to: http://magmapoetry.com/
 
The deadline is 30 April 2017.
 
Lisa Kelly and Raymond Antrobus
 
Editors, Magma 69

2017 Planning Groups RawFfest GŵylGrai

RawFfestAre you aged between 16 and 25 and passionate about arts in Wales?

Do you want to help plan this youth arts festival?
RawFfest GŵylGrai will take place in Llandudno from 17 – 20 August 2017.

 

Following the pilot festival in Newport last August, we are excited to start planning this summer’s RawFfest in Llandudno.

Would you like to help curate and programme the festival? (that is, chose exciting youth arts work and workshops for the festival)
Or to join the marketing group? (making sure everyone knows about the festival, helping to blog or tweet or Instagram, keeping Facebook up to date)
Or are you interested in the business side? (budgets, thinking how to fundraise, doing administrative jobs)
Or are you interested in event management? (stage management, logistics etc.)
Or are you based in or near to Llandudno and want to be part of the group that makes sure Llandudno’s unique personality is stamped on the festival.
RawFfest GŵylGrai is a partnership of Arts Development UK, Youth Arts Network Cymru, Newport Live, Venue Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre. We are grateful for financial support from the Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government Major Events Unit.

Application form for young people who want to be part of organising the 2017 youth arts festival
To find out more about the festival go to http://www.rawffest.wales/

Disability Arts Cymru – Poetry Comp

DAC Poetry Competition

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We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Austerity and/or Extravagance

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 31st 2016

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at: www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/gallery/dac-annual-exhibition-2015

 There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication

The Judges are Dominic Williams and Sian Northey

You can enter via post or email, all the details of the competition can be found on our website

For more info and entry criteria – CLICK HERE

THE GREAT POTTERY THROW DOWN IS BACK!

great_pottery_throw_downBBC Two contest The Great Pottery Throw Down is returning in 2016 and the production team are currently looking for the next batch of great amateur to early career potters to take part. Perhaps you aspire to become a full-time professional?  Or, are you looking to take the next step up in your pottery practice? Maybe you simply want to show the nation your work!

Whatever your ambitions, if you live and breathe pottery, are confident and enthusiastic and you fancy your chances then we would love to hear from you!

Just head to http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/takepart  to download an application form.

If you or someone you know thinks they have what it takes, then please do encourage them to visit the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/takepart  where they can download the application form and simply email pottery@loveproductions.co.uk

DAC Poetry Competition iBook

This is Disability Arts Cymru’s first Poetry Competition.

We gave the poets a brief to write in response to one of the artworks in our Annual Exhibition. Was this a narrow brief or a wide brief? You could see it either way. Many poetry competitions allow any poem, no matter when it was written or what the subject matter. Others ask people to write on a set subject. Our competition ensured that the poems entered would not be something dug out of the archives but would be freshly written. Looking at the exhibition it is clear that the subject choice was actually very diverse as the show featured photography, photorealistic drawing, abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture and a feast of food for the eyes. So it’s no surprise that the entries were also diverse and for a first competition, we are very pleased with the standard and absolutely delighted to have Menna Elfyn judge the competition and provide the foreword.

We have created a small publication out of this competition, featuring the poems and the artwork they are responding to on the same page so that you can read the poem and see the artwork at the same time. Currently we have two formats to offer, if you have a Mac, iPad, iPhone you can download it as a free iBook.

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iBook version

If you have other technology you can download it as a pdf.

Cover image fr DAC poetry competition 2015

PDF Version

We have also been working on other formats, in an attempt to please all of the people all of the time. Kindle users can read it as a PDF and retain the formatting, but for those that prefer it as a native Kindle app we will have these versions online soon but you will not get the same rich visual experience as the ePub format does not allow for nothing other than inline images. We will also be able to offer a plain text version and if there is a demand for it, an audio format may just be within our scope as well.

If you really, really want it in a different format, ask and we’ll see what we can do.